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Online Poker Roundup - March Madness Hits The Online Poker Scene

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This is one of my favorite times of the year.

Why? Well, not because it's spring, although the thought of some warmer months and a running path not coated in ice does make me drool. And not because it's Christmas either, since that ended months ago (though Christmas is pretty cool; who can resist those Claymation TV specials).

No, it's March Madness.

I'm a University of Kansas grad, so March has been maybe my favorite months since, well, a LONG time ago (I'm not going to tell you when I graduated). March Madness is the best because of the tournament. Campus shut down when a game was on, and two years ago, when we won the national title, 100,000 filled the streets of Lawrence, which seems like more than the town's population.

And now the two biggest poker sites are hosting a little March Madness of their own.

Full Tilt Poker's MiniFTOPS XV started Wednesday the 10th, and there's $6 million up for grabs. Wednesday's action kicked off with a $20 + $2 No-Limit Holdem tournament with a $350,000 guaranteed prize pool.

(Yeah, I know Full Tilt seems to put on a FTOPS event once a week, but no, it really doesn't, and besides, all those games seem to run together, kind of like all those basketball games).

It gets better from there, including a two-day, $250 + $16 buy-in, with at least $600,000 guaranteed, and the Main Event, with $50 + $5 buy-in and at least $800,000 in prize money.

There are also some challenges, and there's even a leaderboard where you can win a special prize package worth more than $8,000 in FTOPS XVI tournament entries.

Those challenges could be fun, with prizes that reward the number of satellite seats won, a special number of Holdem challenges (like successfully bluffing with Ace high or less on the river), a survivor challenge or doubling up in two events.

PokerStars
just released its schedule for a tournament that may be bigger than the NCAA tournament (nah), and that's the Spring Championship of Online Poker. It'll be the biggest tournament of the year so far with a guaranteed prize pool of $45 million.

There will be 38 events from May 2-16, with a wide range of poker games, including Holdem, Omaha, Badugi and mixed games such as HORSE and 8-game mixed events.

And the best part is you don't have to be a balla (Get it? Oh never mind) to play. There are three different levels of buy-ins for every event. Buy-ins range from $5.50 to - well - into the thousands. The Main Event on May 16, expected to be one of the biggest tournaments ever, ranges from $109 with a $1 million guarantee to $10,300, with a $5 million guarantee and a $1 million first-place prize!

Satellites for all these events, including the highest buy-in to the Main Event, are running soon, so check back here for those dates.

Some of the biggest tournaments are still played live, and no I'm not talking about the hardwood again. I'm not talking about basketball, all right? I'm referring to the World Poker Tour, and PartyPoker's putting up $1 million in guaranteed tournament packages.

Check out the WPT calendar to see the full list of events for this year, and then play PartyPoker's weekly satellites every Sunday until May 30. Play well, and you can earn a $15,000 WPT prize package.

There's even a daily WPT freeroll, so you can win your seat for free. And not only that, but if you win a WPT event after qualifying at PartyPoker, you'll earn an extra $1 million. Remember, I've said this before, but two PartyPoker qualifiers finished first and second at the Aussie Millions. So a win is always possible.

Titan Poker
isn't hosting a big tournament, but you can win big money by playing in thousands of small ones every day. The SNG, an online staple (and the way many of us cut our teeth online, including me), can earn you $50,000 or more at the Fort Knox Jackpot Tournaments.

All you have to do is win six of the Fort Knox SNGs in a row, and you'll also win the huge jackpot that starts at $50,000. This is a progressive pot too, so it only grows bigger until someone wins it.

Fort Knox are six-player, $50 + $9 SNG tournaments.

If you finish first or second in six tournaments in a row, you'll earn a $750 "consolation" prize.

It is possible. You have to win six games in a row to win the national title in basketball! Kansas did it. It's possible. Really!

Of course tournaments are mostly friendly, right? OK. Not really. But if you want to grab your friends to play a match anyway, Absolute Poker just made it easier to do so. Absolute just added Absolute Buddy built into the game client that lets you see when friends, favorite players, and pros are online, just like you were playing on Facebook or using Yahoo Messenger.

You can add anyone with a quick click. And poker isn't always friendly, so you can use the client to find your favorite marks as well. Talk about peering directly into a fish tank. Think you're a mark? You can block others from seeing that you've signed on.

So download any of the poker rooms on PokerWorks now and get some cool bonuses for doing so, and that gives you something to do when you're watching the NCAA on TV and seeing if your office pool is holding up as well as your Aces.

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